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    The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

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    This is the story of a half-Chinese, half-English boy growing up in Malaysia during the 1930s and 40s. A coming of age novel, encompassing different cultures and philosophies as the boy begins to learn martial art, set against a fascinating historical background as one set of colonisers, the British, are ousted by another, the Japanese.
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    The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell

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    Shortlisted as one of the best of 40 years of Booker prize-winners, J. G. Farrell's modern classic is the blackly humorous account of an isolated Indian colonial town under siege during the mutiny of 1857. As conditions deteriorate, the British colonials struggle to keep their stiff upper lip absolutely stiff and the locals watch on with palpable glee.
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    The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell

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    An acutely-observed, darkly humorous portrayal of colonial life on the eve of the Japanese invasion. J G Farrell paints a vivid picture of the ex-pat, imperial community, of sundowners and tennis parties, the final swansong of the British Empire, with the tense shadow of war looming over them all.
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    A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint

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    The second in Flint's Inspector Singh series follows the rotund Sikh to Bali in the wake of a terrorist bomb attack. He is back on familiar ground, however, when a body is found in the rubble which seems to have been murdered prior to the explosion. A light, amusing crime novel which brings to life this Indonesian island and some of its social and political issues.
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    Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

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    The first in a lively new series of detective stories set in Southeast Asia. Thoroughly enjoyable, Singh is the Singaporean Precious Ramotswe.
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    In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

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    A young drifter embarks on a series of disastrous journeys through Greece, India and Africa in this brief and beguiling novel. Each represents a voyage of discovery for the South African narrator, whose encounters with other travellers force him into confrontation with his own feelings of inertia, compassion and thwarted desire.
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    Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan

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    A lyrical debut from V. V. Ganeshananthan about a Sri Lankan family caught between the old world of their traditional homeland and the freedom of modern America. Yalini, a Tamil girl, tries to find her way by retracing the history of her family, their marriages and their ethnic roots.
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    The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

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    This beautifully observed story of late-flowering love traces the long marriage of Betty and Eddie Feathers against the backdrop of a pulsing, labyrinthine Hong Kong and, later, a quiet Dorset retreat. Michael Arditti has described Gardam's writing as being 'like painting on glass: vivid and translucent'. We couldn't agree more.
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    The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

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    This epic, colourful narrative encompasses 100 years of history from the British invasion of Mandalay in 1885 until the present day. Through the intimate stories of 3 different families, across 3 different generations, Amitav Ghosh's intoxicating story wonderfully evokes the sights and smells of both old and modern Burma.
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    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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    A beautifully-told, moving account of a nine year-old girl who is sent from her family home to the ancient city of Kyoto to become a geisha. From her crippling loneliness, to her Pygmalion-like metamorphosis into a highly skilled artisan, this is both historically fascinating and a mesmerising personal journey.
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    The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories by Theodore W. Goossen

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    A collection of short stories from the end of the 19th century up until the present day. An excellent introduction to Japanese literature with stories covering many aspects of cultural life by authors including Kawabata, Mishima and Murakami.
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    Pakistan by Granta

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    Beautiful art work and interesting, fresh writing - this is a joy to read and a must for anyone keen to read new work. By collecting together the work of Kamila Shamsie, Mohammed Hanif and Daniyal Mueenuddin, among others, Granta has also succeeded in capturing a momentary snapshot of the country on the brink of a cultural explosion.
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    The Quiet American by Graham Greene

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    Powerful and surprising novel about a love triangle between a beautiful Vietnamese girl, a cynical Englishman and an American idealist on the eve of the Vietnam War. Highly recommended.
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    White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway

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    An evocative novel set in 1960s Hong Kong that tells the story of two sisters, Kate and Frankie, and their intense but troubled relationship. Longlisted for the Orange Prize, this is a coming of age novel that is both poignant and intoxicating.
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    Monkfish Moon by Romesh Gunesekera

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    A collection of nine short stories from Romesh Gunesekera that reveal Sri Lanka as an island of tragic contradiction: intensely beautiful and yet ravaged by a violent and interminable civil war. Powerful, brutal and haunting.
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    Reef by Romesh Gunesekera

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    A sensual novel set in Colombo in the 1970s that reflects the social and political upheaval of the time. Eleven year old Triton is sent to be a cook and house boy to an eminent marine biologist but, just as in the city outside their windows, the peace and contentment of the household begins to disintegrate. Shortlisted for the Booker prize.
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    20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo

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    Refreshing, comic and endearing novel about Fenfang, a young girl who has fled 1,800 miles from her rural, Chinese, home town to build a thoroughly modern life for herself in Beijing.
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    Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

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    The story of Daru Shezad and his catastrophic downfall into illicit love, criminality and drug abuse, set in 1990s Lahore. A refreshing, vibrant look at contemporary Pakistan.
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    The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

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    This engaging, thought-provoking novella is the life story of Changez, a Pakistani, American-educated businessman. Narrated in a monologue to an American traveller in a Lahore cafe, Changez describes his infatuation with America and his subsequent disillusionment, which led to his return to Pakistan. Shortlisted for the Booker prize.
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    The Dragon Prince: Stories & Legends from Vietnam by Thich Nhat Hanh

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    Thich Nhat Hanh's retelling of traditional stories and legends is the perfect introduction to Vietnamese mythology and culture.
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    A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

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    A cracking debut from this Pakistani author, which echoes the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and Louis de Bernieres in its satiric, political attack on a ridiculous but brutal regime. Longlisted for the Booker Prize.
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    In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn

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    A selection of Japanese ghostly myths, legends and folklore accompanied by chapters on the poetic tradition and Buddhist thinking.
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    Lost Horizon by James Hilton

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    A classic novel about a group of foreigners, stranded after crashing in the Himalayas, who discover the secrets of Shangri-La.
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    An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

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    Winner of the Whitbread prize, this is the story of Masuji Ono, a peaceful artist living in Japan at the end of the war. The country is being rebuilt around him, but as he looks back over his life he recognises that his art was a mouthpiece for imperialism during the war and he is haunted by a dark secret. Like The Remains of the Day, this book is an intoxicating, lyrical gem dwelling on culpability and the unspoken.
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    Stick Out Your Tongue by Ma Jian

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    Ma Jian's controversial novel about Tibet was banned in China on its publication in 1987 and tells the story of a Chinese writer who journeys to Tibet. As he wanders across the silent plateau meeting nomads, lamas and watching a sky burial, he becomes intoxicated by the siren-call of this mysterious, spiritual culture. Hypnotic stories of enchantment and horror.